- Critical Dissonance: Critics didn't rate it very well (18% on Rotten Tomatoes), but fan reviews are much kinder (6.6/10 on IMDB).
- Contested Sequel: Is it worse than, better than, or about the same as the first one?
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The main reason for it's Critical Dissonance and Contested Sequel status. The plot of Grumpier Old Men is nearly identical to the first film. Some are fine with this, others are not.
- Tear Jerker: Grandpa's death. It gets worse knowing this would be Burgess Meredith's final film.
John: Looks like God remembered you, Pop.